Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Fourth Week of November 2011

Hello Everyone!  Can I say short week... yes I can!!!  We had a regular Monday, a Thanksgiving Feast on Tuesday, and only one child will be in attendance on Wednesday.  Then starting on Wednesday evening at about 5:30 pm (maybe earlier) I will start my winter vacation and will be off until Dec. 5 when the children will return to daycare. 

I was so excited to see the response to the two snowmen games I made... so hopefully in the coming week (plus) I will have time to make some other things.  Thanks to everyone who left a comment, email, or downloaded it. 

Moving along... our week looked like this...
We finished up our Letter Ii Books and as I promised I posted what they looked like below.
 This is the cover and like always we colored the letter Ii and the igloo.

 On the left we made our three piece puzzles for each the upper and lowercase I.  We also
colored spaces with the letter Ii in the igloo.  On the right we looked for the picture that
was different and did a pre-writing activity.

 On the left we did a spin and graph and traced letter Ii's.  On the right we did a letter
search that you can find here.

 On the left we circled the letters that were the same as the one in the box and we
found Ii pictures from clues and then followed two part directions to color the picture.
On the right we found the picture that began with the short /i/ sound in each row and
traced the letter Ii's.

 On the left we found the letter and circled the letter that the picture began with and traced/printed
some letter Ii's.  On the right we named the picture, circled the letter that made the beginning
sound and wrote the letter.  We also traced/printed letter Ii's.

 On the left we colored a picture in each box that began with the short /i/ sound and traced/printed
letter Ii's.  On the right we circled the letter that the picture name began with.

We then did a few skill building Thanksgiving activities.
 We colored the pilgrim according to the color word that I got through Childcareland
on one of her daily learning activities.  You can view her site here.  My children still can't
100% read or know the color words so they had to use our color balloons to figure out
some of the color words.

 This was a cutting activity where they had to cut and paste two pieces of the pie.  We then
colored the pie.

 This activity we had to color the turkey's feathers that had a "letter" in it.  They did
very well at this and it is a skill they need prior to Kindergarten.

And our last activity was a turkey match.

On Tuesday we prepared and had our Thanksgiving Feast.  This has become an annual event that we do each year on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.  We invite a parent/grandparent/or someone the child knows to come to daycare at lunch.  Each family signs up for one item to bring to the event and I make the turkey, potatoes, stuffing, gravy, rolls and whatever else is needed.  The special guest comes at 12:00 noon to eat with the child.  The children enjoy this greatly and I think the parents or special guests do too.  We had a wonderful meal this year with wonderful conversation.  The children were delighted to have someone come eat with them at daycare.  I told myself to take several pictures... but well... I got caught up in the moment and didn't get to it.  So I'm sorry but I have no pictures to show.

Short and sweet week.  I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving and has many family and friends to share it with.  I will be cooking for 22 guests this year... one of the largest groups we've had in several years... and I know we will have good food, good company, and many blessing to be thankful for this year.

Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, November 21, 2011

Free Printable ~Snowman Colors

Using the same concept as "Put the Hat on the Snowman"... I have created "Snowman Colors". 

You can download it here.


Sunday, November 20, 2011

I gave it a try...

I was playing around with my Paint Shop Pro because I so badly want to be able to make my own graphics... so I made a snowman today.  It took awhile... but hopefully it will get easier and I will be able to share more printables with my readers. Any tips would be great!

You can download it in a PDF file here.

I would love to hear what you think and know if you were able to use it.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Third week in November 2011

Hello everyone!  The holidays are quickly approaching... I love this time of year even though I'm always much more busy than I would normally be.  I found some great ideas... thank you Pinterest... to do with my little darlings to prepare for Thanksgiving.  You can view my boards here.  So below I have posted what we did this week... well, most of it.

We did learn about the Letter Ii this week... but I chose to have a Freeday Friday in which we just played so we will finish them up on Monday... so I will post the whole book next week since my post will be small since I will only have three days with the daycare next week.  So look for it then if you are interested.

We did continue our "My Body Books" with the following topics...
Our eyes.  We talked about how our eyes help us see.  We looked closely (with a magnifine glass) at each others eyes and talked about what we saw.  We did a Dora eye chart that you can get here and talked about what an eye doctor does when you go for an eye exam.  We made some "cool" glasses from the here.  And we did an eye page for our books.
 Eye chart

 They thought these were a hoot!  I cut the glasses out for the game with the above link (we did
not play the game) and then I used pipe cleaners to make the part that goes from the frame
back to the ear.  We did have to wind the pipe cleaners a bit around the ears so they would stay on.

 Our book page.

Our ears.  We talked about what our ears do.  We listened to a tape and tried to guess the sound it was playing (they were all familiar sounds) and they enjoyed this.  And then we completed our book pages.
 This is one of our book pages in which we colored ears and circled things we can hear.

We also made a page with corregated cardboard in which they run a popsicle stick across
and they can hear the sound it makes.

Our heart.  We talked about how and why exercise is good for our heart.  We did some exercises and then we did the following page for our book.

For Thanksgiving we...
Made bean mosaic turkeys which I found here.
 I loved the idea of the children having to sort and find the beans they picked and needed.

We talked about the Pilgrims coming over on the Mayflower and what that voyage was like and we made two versions of the Mayflower from here and here.
 We fingerpainted the ocean and the clouds.

 We used a traced and cut hand and a pieces of white paper for the sails to make our first

 We painted a paper plate brown.  We cut it in half and glued and stapled it so it
would be in the shape of a ship. 

We taped straws for the masts, cut white paper for the sails, and took pictures and cut them
out.  They love anything with themselves in the art... so they loved these.

We dot markered cornucopias of course after I explained there meaning... they were supposed to be mosaics but I just knew the children that day wouldn't have the patience needed for that project.  They were overjoyed that I brought the dot markers out because they haven't seen them in awhile.  The pattern came from here along with the mosiac idea.

We also made corn in which we again used the dot markers and colored the corn and then crumpled tissue paper to make the corn.

We made Pilgrims after talking about who the Pilgrims were.  I found the idea from here.

And turkeys made out of bags which I found here.

Our last activity was hearing the story, "The Little Red Hen", in which we used puppets to tell the story.  Each child had a role to play... one was the dog, one was the cat, and one was the duck.  They really enjoyed being part of the story.  Then we finished up by making our own little book.

Hope you enjoyed our week!  We sure had fun with all the Thanksgiving projects!  We have a few more left for next week and our Thanksgiving Feast.  Hope you'll join us!

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